Friday, September 13, 2013
Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything.
September 13, 1876: Sherwood Anderson spent his early career in the mail-order business but after a mental breakdown he left his job (and family) to become a writer. Winesburg, Ohio, his most popular book, is a short story cycle based on his hometown of Clyde, Ohio. He was born 137 years ago today
Thursday, September 12, 2013
She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.
September 12, 1943: Happy birthday, Michael Ondaatje! Born in Sri Lanka of Dutch and Indian parents, the novelist eventually became a Canadian citizen. He is best known for The English Patient, which became an Oscar-winning film. Ondaatje turns 70 today.
Words, they can make you happy, they can make you sad, once spoken they can never be taken back. Be careful to always speak with love and grace, even when you are angry or sad.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
World War I, a time when mankind turned against itself, use of chemical weapons (brings to mind the current situation in Syria) was first introduced in "modern" warfare.
Stanley, a 13 year old, watches as his older brother leaves for France and combat. Stanley and his father have a broken relationship, over dogs that Stanley had taken care of and grown to love, when he awakes one morning Stanley's father and the dogs are no longer on the farm.
Stanley makes the decision that will change his life forever, he leaves home to enlist in the army. Once in the army, he is assigned to the experimental War Dog School, and given a Great Dane, Bones, to train. And so starts Stanley's war time experience.
In a special afterword, the author has included "historical photographs of World War I messenger dogs".
Thursday, September 5, 2013
"The Way" a film by Emillo Estevez starring Martin Sheen, and Yorick van Wageningen (photo above)
Shot in France and Spain, about the "El Camino de Santiago" pilgrimage.
The movie is beautifully filmed, with wonderful music.
The reason I have posted Yorick's photo, he was absolutely wonderful in his role. Having a Dutch brother-in-law, and knowing all of his family members, I so enjoyed the in's and out's of his character's humor.
Made me want to do the pilgrimage.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.
September 2, 1850: American poet and humorist Eugene Field wrote popular nursery rhymes like "Little Boy Blue" as well as a newspaper column. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, 163 years ago today.